I guess the longest, but most ceremonial part of any asado is getting the fire going and waiting for the hot coals. Don’t despair, it’s a great excuse for popping open a nice Malbec and having a little “picada” while we wait. Besides, it keeps you warm in the winter.
In Buenos Aires, the best bars always offer a complimentary round of small plates with your cocktail called “picada”. This can range from nuts and house made potato chips (Ok, Brits – crisps) to a huge assortment of nibbles including “fiambre” or cold cuts. In the “Recoletta” neighborhood you should go to La Biela (http://www.labiela.com) where you can sip a cold one under the massive rubber tree (“La Gomera”). Here’s what shows up with your drink: